SOTHEBY’s EROTIC SALE 2018
Chris Levine – Kate Moss, She’s Light, Laser 3
Renowned for his work with lights, laser and holography, Chris Levine has built a cult following with his iconic portraits of some of the most photographed women of all time: Queen Elizabeth II, Grace Jones, and Kate Moss, as presented here. Thanks to Levine’s deft handling of lenticular printing, we are presented with an overall sensory experience and visual offering of the supermodel that has more in common with an art historical muse than one of fashion and celebrity that dominates our pop culture. Kate Moss radiates a calm and stillness that dominates her languid eroticism here, which is usually the prevailing motif in representations of her. In a pose reminiscent of a classical bust, surrounded by a myriad of colours and flooded by light, this work is both an homage to classical emblems in art and a veneration to the technical advances in art that allow us to experience art in new ways.
“There’s a spirit in Kate that seems to have struck a chord with so many.
To take her beauty and translate it into light as image was what I set out to
do. Given all the images that have ever been made if her, I needed to take it
beyond beauty and somewhere deeper. Her true beauty is within and that’s
what I hope is projected in the form of light”
MADE in BRITAIN at SOTHEBY’S
Following a stellar season of Modern British Art, Sotheby’s Made In Britain auction showcases the very best in Modern British art across the disciples of paintings, works on paper, prints, photography, contemporary and studio ceramics and design.
The sale provides the perfect opportunity to acquire works by some of the best-known artists and designers working in this exciting and engaging period, including the likes of Henry Moore, Dame Barbara Hepworth, Alfred Wallis, Christopher Wood, C.R.W. Nevinson, L.S. Lowry, David Hockney, John Hoyland, Richard Hamilton, Howard Hodgkin, Dame Elisabeth Frink, Banksy, and Chris Levine.
The Launch of COMPASSION
26th May will see the launch of the new portrait of His Holiness, The 14th Dalai Lama, created by Chris Levine on the occasion of His Holiness’s 80th Birthday.
The portrait will be sold as a limited edition. All proceeds from sales, as well as royalties from the portrait, will be distributed to charities involved in the relief effort in the Himalayas following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.
The exhibition will be shown at the Fine Art Society, 148 New Bond Street, W1S 2JT
“There was a kind of magic involved in how this commission came about. It’s as if there was a higher power directing and I was just carrying out a duty. He is an extraordinary human being and it was a huge honour to do the work and support the cause.” – Chris Levine
Photographed using 3D light technology, the portrait will be sold in 6 unique limited editions. All proceeds from sales and royalties of the portrait will be distributed to charities involved in the relief effort in the Himalayas following the 2015 Nepal earthquakes.
Chris Levine talks to Celia Fernandez from Novella Magazine
14th January 2016 –
It’s hard to describe a renowned artist like Chris Levine in just a few lines. Even picking only some of his greatest works is a tough task, simply, because everything he does is an absolute masterpiece.
Last November I got the chance to see some of his pieces showcased at Izzy Gallery in Yorkville, Toronto in the exhibition called ‘The Edge Of Time‘ that ran from October 22nd till November 28th. I also had the pleasure to talk and meet in person Izzy, the owner of this small yet exclusive art gallery, who gave me more detailed information about Chris Levine and his impressive career as an artist.
It is almost impossible to beat Levine’s technique when it comes to innovation since he is a pioneer in the field of light art. He has deeply explored the properties of laser light in order to create expansive visual sensations through his work.
Incorporating numerous mediums (laser, photography, holograms) across multiple platforms including music, performance, installation, fashion and design, his creativity is manifested in a multitude of projects.
From his daily practice of meditation, Chris sees the visual language as a ‘shortcut’ to get in touch to our own spirituality, and that is why he takes that mantra as an ultimate responsibility for any artist.
Besides showcasing in the most relevant museums and art galleries all over the world, he has worked with people you may have heard of before such as Philip Treacy, Grace Jones, Cartier, Stella McCartney and Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who personally asked him for a portrait.
These are a few questions that I sent to Chris to introduce his amazing talent to all the Novella readers.
Celia Fernandez: How did you feel when you were asked you to do a portrait of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II? Did you feel a bigger responsibility?
Chris Levine: I was quite relaxed about it all until about two weeks away from the shoot date at Buckingham Palace. Ultimately, I felt a huge responsibility to the Queen and the people of Jersey to create an artwork worthy of the history and the commission. It got daunting if I considered it so I tried not to.
C.F: They say that “Eyes are windows to the soul”. Do you think the visual language is a ‘shortcut’ to get in touch to our own spirituality?
C.L: 100%. In my work I’m reaching beyond the physical and into spirit.
C.F: Your work is definitely beyond the visuals, it’s more about energy and feelings. Have you always had this approach, or is this something that you incorporated after you started your meditation practice?
C.L: The sense of everything being energy and all contained in the present moment, it is the essence of my work. To bring people but, momentarily, into a sense of connectedness and the expended awareness that comes about. Increasingly the work is informed and becomes clear in meditation.
C.F: Through your work you encourage people to appreciate and be aware of the present – the pure essence of life. The world would be a better place…
C.L: If the world meditated there would be no wars and more happiness on the planet. In my humble way I’ll try, in the course of time, to bring more people to the practice. If we were be able to reach that state of mind. How can art help fighting all the hostility and fear that certain people are trying to spread? I think if art can bring people closer to their heart, then no fear can touch them in that moment. It’s a good refuge from all that is being spread, as you say.
C.F: What is your ultimate goal as an artist?
C.L: To bring more peace and insight to humanity and making the world a lighter place – literally.
ANGEL PRESENCE at Danish Church of St Katherine. In partnership with Swarovski.
An immersive light and sound installation using laser, Swarovski crystal, peripheral imaging and wireless headphones.
Stillness is a portal to the divine
Meditation is one of Levine’s main influences. This new work demonstrates his desire to transport the viewer into a meditative state in which the bandwidth of perception is widened.
In this time – the space between thought – we recalibrate, and the heart intelligence takes prominence over the intelligence of the mind. Entering this state, even momentarily, can bring about a sense of serenity and well-being, and has been found to have a healing effect on our physical and emotional states.
This immersive lightwork is experienced in a soundscape based on the frequency of OM–136.1Hz on the Solfeggio scale of sounds – which is believed to correspond to the different vibrations of the energy centres in the body and is also the base for transcendental Gregorian chants. Focusing on the purity of this sound in harmony with single wavelength laser light, the viewer resonates with sensory energy and enters a meditative space where healing and transformation can take place.
Thursday 15th October 7.30-10pm
Friday 16th October 7.30 – 10pm
The Danish Church
4 St Katharine’s Precinct, Regent’s Park,
London NW1 4HH – Map
The Fine Arts Society unveil portrait
of Kate Moss
Chris Levine’s portrait of supermodel Kate Moss to go on view at the gallery on Friday, 17th May.
A unique portrait of Kate Moss by British light artist Chris Levine, She’s Light (Laser) will go on show at the artist’s forthcoming solo exhibition at The Fine Art Society Contemporary.
Chris Levine has collaborated with leading make-up artist Charlotte Tilbury to create the portrait and the portrait sitting took place in March 2013 in London.
The portrait is a primary work proceeding the official large-scale holographic stereogram portrait of Kate Moss that will be unveiled at Selfridges on Monday, 17th June.
“There’s a spirit in Kate that seems to have struck a chord with so many. To take her beauty and translate it into light as image was what I set out to do. Given the imagery that has ever been made if her, I needed to take it beyond beauty and somewhere deeper. Her true beauty is within and that’s what I hope is projected in the form of light.” Chris Levine, 2013 —